Textile Museum Challenges Painting Students

Paintings of textiles from the museum
December 15, 2015

Janis Goodman’s intermediate painting class was challenged with using the collection of the Textile Museum as source material for a painting. 

Each student had to stretch a 40” x 18” canvas. The nine paintings were then exhibited side by side to create a mural effect. This fourteen-foot-long mural is on view in the school’s Flagg Building.

Given the diversity of the student population, it was exciting to see how students gravitated towards their ethnic and cultural identity in choosing patterns, images and palettes to reconfigure. Although they did not realize it initially, in the end it was quite a political statement on the need for identity, collaboration and aesthetic harmony.